Could you kindly review my profile below?
Statistics: 24 year old Asian male
GPA: 3.73 GPA from Northwestern University with double major in Economics (honors) and International Studies. I’ve also being taking night classes at Booth and did very well in my first class (A+) and am currently taking a second one.
GMAT: 780 (Q50/V48/AWA:6.0)
Work Experience: 3 years as an Associate Economist
at the Federal Reserve. I do economic research with a particular focus on manufacturing, both for economic papers and in modeling how the economy is doing. Because of the nature of the job, I really haven’t worked in many teams or had the opportunity to lead any teams which seems to be something business schools are really looking for. Most people take this position as a precursor to getting their PH’D in economics (which I was originally planning on doing) but I decided to get my MBA after deciding research was not for me.
Extra Curricular: I’m a member of a professional hip-hop dance company that performs and competes across the region and have also taught many classes in hip-hop. I also volunteer with organizations that reach out to the homeless community, eating meals with them, getting to know them, and trying to develop relationships with them. Finally, I am pretty active in sports leagues, soccer and football IMs after college, and soccer, softball, floor hockey, basketball, frisbee, football (won championship senior year) in college.
My plan is to go to go into consulting after business school, I really enjoy my competitive strategy class at Booth and it feels like a good way break into and learn about the business world having only experience in the academic/government sector so far. Eventually I would like to go into politics and run for something but that will probably be very far in the future. Is it okay to only have a 3 year short term plan (consulting) and long term plan (politics) without a concrete mid-term plan?
I plan on applying to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and UChicago in the first round and then reevaluating my options from there, are these realistic targets?
Thank you for the help!
You are applying appropriately given your goals and impressive qualifications.
It would be better if you had some mid-term plan. Why don't you do a little research into what analysts do after three years at consulting firms? Look into what appeals to you so that you can plausibly answer the question, where do you see yourself in five or ten years. You are not signing any contracts -- just showing a little direction and forethought.